CIHR Fellowship 2019-2020 and Fall 2019 Priority Announcement


Canadian Institutes of Health Research

For More Information

NEW: External application date October 1, 2019

Complete OR5 form signed by supervisor is required by the Office of Research Services on or before the internal deadline.

For additional information, please visit the program's websites for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


Fellowships provide support for highly qualified applicants in all areas of health research at the post-PhD degree or post-health professional degree stages to add to their experience by engaging in health research either in Canada or abroad.

The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are:

  • To provide recognition and funding to academic researchers;
  • To provide a reliable supply of highly skilled and qualified researchers.

Relevant Research Areas

Additional funds are available through this competition to support Fellowship award applications in the following specific research areas:


  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be a trainee (and maintain such status throughout the award duration) and meet the minimum commitment of 75% of their time in the proposed research training (Research + Course Work) throughout the tenure of their award. Note: For the purpose of this funding opportunity, trainees cannot hold or be on leave from an independent research position.
  2. A primary supervisor must be identified on the application. An additional supervisor may also be identified.
  3. As of the application deadline, the Nominated Principal Applicant must hold or be completing a PhD or a regulated health professional degree. The Nominated Principal Applicant must expect to complete all of the requirements of the degree by the latest possible date on which they can take up their award (see Conditions of Funding). To determine if a particular health professional degree is eligible, please consult the list of Eligible Health Professions.
  4. The Nominated Principal Applicant can be a Canadian citizen or a citizen of another country.
  5. These awards are normally held at Canadian institutions. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible to hold their awards outside Canada. Nominated Principal Applicants who are neither Canadian citizens nor permanent residents of Canada are eligible for awards to be held in Canada only.
  6. A recipient of a Doctoral Award (DRA) with a health professional degree may apply to the Fellowship funding opportunity no earlier than during the last year of their award. If a recipient of a DRA with a health professional degree applies to the Fellowship funding opportunity for doctoral support before the last year of the DRA, funding for the currently-held DRA will be cancelled as of the first potential effective date of the Fellowship award, even if the application is not successful through the Fellowship funding opportunity.
  7. The Nominated Principal Applicant may submit only one application per year (September 1 to August 31) for funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) or the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). However, individuals eligible to apply to the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program or the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program may also submit an application to the CIHR Fellowship program (other exceptions may apply depending on the program’s objectives, but would be indicated in the specific funding opportunities).

Funding Availability

  • The awards consist of a stipend and a research allowance and are valued in Canadian dollars. It is anticipated that approximately $21 million over five years will be available through this competition.
  • The maximum amount awarded for a single award is up to $60,000 per annum for up to 5 years. The value and duration of each award is determined by the degree(s) held, licensure (where applicable), location of tenure and experience of the applicant.

Maximum Project Value

The annual stipend level for:

  • Trainees with a PhD degree is $40,000 per annum.
  • Health Professionals who hold licensure (full or educational) in Canada and have less than 2 years of research or clinical training experience is $40,000 per annum. Upon completion of two years of postgraduate research training, the awardee may be eligible to receive a stipend increase to the higher level.
  • Health Professionals who hold licensure (full or educational) in Canada and have two or more years of research or clinical training experience is $50,000 per annum.
  • Health professionals who do not hold licensure in Canada is $21,000 per annum. Upon completion of two years of postgraduate research training, the stipend may increase to $40,000 per annum.

For awards physically held outside Canada, $5,000 is added to the annual stipend.

Research allowance: $5,000 per annum.

Supplement: The Alice Wilson Award

A $1,000 award is offered yearly by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) to three women of outstanding academic qualifications entering a career in scholarship or research at the postdoctoral level via a Tri-Agency fellowship program. CIHR will seek the consent of top-ranked women who accept a CIHR Fellowship to share their information as potential nominees to the RSC, who will make the final determination and inform successful candidates upon completion of their selection process.

More information is available on the Royal Society of Canada website.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

The maximum duration of support, taking into account all federal funding held, will depend on the degree(s) held by the applicant. For holders of a:

  • PhD degree, or PhD and health professional degrees, the maximum period of support is three (3) years.
  • Health professional degree who are not requesting support to pursue a graduate degree, the maximum period of support is four (4) years.
  • Health professional degree who are requesting support to pursue a graduate degree, the maximum period of support to complete the degree is five (5) years.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Applicant to submit copy of application, routing slip and signature page along with a complete OR5 form signed by the supervisor to:

Applicant must hit the 'submit' button on or before the internal deadline for your application to not be considered late.

External Deadline

This Funding Opportunity participates in the eApproval process. As such, once submitted the application will be electronically directed to the proposed Institution Paid for review and approval. The eApproval process allows Administrators at the Institution to review and electronically approve an application for which the applicant has identified their institution as the Institution Paid. Once the application is reviewed and approved by the Institution, it will be submitted electronically to CIHR on behalf of the applicant.

For Questions, please contact

CIHR Contact Centre
Telephone: 613-954-1968
Toll Free: 1-888-603-4178

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x52832

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